NT Week 5

This week we were able to study Matthew 21-22; Mark 11-12; Luke 19-20; John 12; Matthew 23-24; Mark 13; Luke 21; JST Matt.

There were a few principles that really stood out to me in this reading that I was able to ponder through the week.

  1. By cleansing the temple, Jesus was showing that sin is not acceptable in any location, but is even certain things acceptable to the world should never be done in His house. Mark 11: 15-18
  2. Jesus was the master of words. While others tried to trick him in his words, he was able to speak clearly exactly. Mark 12: 13-15
  3. When we give all that we can, without comparing it to others, we are blessed accordingly. Mark 12: 41-44

I want to expound more on my thoughts about the Widow’s Mite, which is a more popular parable but one of my favorites.

The story of the Widow’s Mite is always one that hits close to home with me. It has a message that reaches me and gives me great comfort. The widow did not have a lot to give, but she gave all she could. Others had more to give, and gave willingly but it was nothing compared to the sacrifice the widow made. We too can realize that even though we are on different levels of spirituality as others, when we give all we can, we are doing enough. We shouldn’t punish ourselves for being on a different level than our neighbor.

Before, I didn’t read into this parable based on what was happening in the world at this time and knowing about the history makes a difference. I am grateful that the gospel was brought back today and that I am lucky enough to be born in the time that it was restored in. While it was rejected by the Pharisees and Saduccees, taken from the earth and changed to fit the doctrine of man, we are still so loved by Him that it has been brought back for us. We are the nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.

The account from General Conference was something I needed to hear. I loved that it reflected back to serving a mission. The Priesthood has a slightly different meaning to me as a woman, and I’m grateful for the perspective. I need the priesthood in my life and am able to encourage the men around me to use their Priesthood to fulfil callings and lift up others around them. I am able to be blessed continually by it through the sacrament, receiving blessings, and each time I go to the temple.

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NT Week 1

I just started a new class, the first New Testament class, at BYU-Idaho. It focuses on the 4 Gospels. I am very excited to participate in this class and learn more about the time when Jesus was among the people and preaching and healing. This week we focused on the first few chapters of every book, specifically Matthew 1-2; Luke 1-2; John 1:1-18, 17:1-5; Matthew 3-4; Mark 1; Luke 3-4; John 1:1-19-4:54.

These chapters were all very inspiring and I love the different perspectives that are gained from each book collectively.

I loved how we started off our reading by being reminded of Christ’s birth. I could write a whole segment just on the significance of this and how it has affected me personally and brought me so much joy in my life. Christmas time brings out this joy in everyone, and the world seems to be a better place when they come nearer to Christ and reflect on His life during Christmas season. It will be that time again before we know it! Reading about the sacrifices that were made by His parents and those who looked after Him to be protectors as a newborn is inspiring and shows just how much He was loved by his earthly and godly parents.

We were shown that He was baptized by immersion and by one who holds the proper priesthood authority, two things that are hard for many to recognize today. I’m grateful for the clarification that is received in the Book of Mormon relating to baptism that makes it so much clearer as to the proper order of baptism.

What really got my attention in this reading was how He was tempted after the 40-day fast. Being so physically weak, it had to have been one of the greatest struggles of his life up to that point. Even so, he selflessly denied giving in to pride and cited scripture after scripture to show Satan what’s up. One part that amazes me, is even after Satan left, His first reaction was to free John from prison in Galilee.

I’m excited to get into His ministry and be reminded of all the miracles He performed for those who were in need and had faith. His ministry is inspiring and uplifting in times when we need to be lifted up.